6.22.07 Notes - History QUESTIONS Why did some Americans in...

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History 6/22/07 QUESTIONS - Why did some Americans in the pre-civil war years join “utopian communities” that radically restructured marriage, family, and sex roles? - How did a handful of militant abolitionists grow increasingly influential during the 30 years before the civil war and help cause the war? SOCIAL REFORM - Cults: o Oneidas – believed that all adult members were heterosexually married to each other, rotated partners o Shakers – celibate, continuous flow of people in and out o Mormons – piligamy , man with more than one wife - “Burned Over District” o New York, many leaders for different types of reform came out of this area o The cults also come out of this area - Shakers o Ann Lee helped to establish some of the first communities including the headquarters near Albany, New York (about 11 in the general area) o Believed in women’s equality in politics and everything else o Very successful economically, invented many things o Celibate, depended on converts, didn’t think that the world would go on
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